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Published by Ethel Rudnitzki — one year ago

The most famous museum in Paris, after Musée du Louvre, is Musée D'Orsay. It is one of the city art treasures with more than 4 thousand art pieces.

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The art in Paris is divided into three museums. Louvre keeps art since the Ancient Age (Greek, Egyptian and Roman) to the Renaissance. D'Orsay has art from the 1820's to the 1920's. And Centre Pompidou has art from the 1940's to nowadays.

D'Orsay has one of the biggest modern art collection in the world, with a very rich impressionist style. The museum keeps pieces from famous artists such as Van Gogh and Rodin.

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It has two main floors with art expositions. The ground floor if fulled with modern sculptures in the center and rooms with paintings surrounding it. The second floor is a mezanine, with some sculptures and many rooms with paintings and some sculptures as well. There are also furniture and photographies exposed in the museum. Very intresting.

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History

Besides the art exposed, the Museum is an art piece itself. It used to be an important train station in the city during the 19th century, that connected Paris to Orleans.

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It was also an official building, known as Palais D'Orsay where political offices would work. During the second world war the train station closed and it became a post office.

Only in the 1970's the place became a museum.

You can still see vestiges of this history inside the museum. The architecture really resembles a train station, with a main entrance and a hall that looks like a ticket office. Also, the main floor looks like a railway.

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The most famous element of D'Orsay, though, is the clock that exists since the 19th century. It is made of wood and painted with gold. An art piece.

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D'Orsay and the clock's history is remembered in the kids movie "Hugo Cabret", that tells the story of a kid that used to live in the train station.

Visits

The museum is open for visits from tuesday to sunday from 9:30 am to 6 pm. The tickets cost 12 euros for general entrance, but if you get there after 4:30 pm you can have a 3 euros discount. Also, if you are under 25 years old and live or study in the European Union you don't need to pay at all.

Location

It is located in the 7th arrondissement in Paris, on the left side of the Seine river. You can get there by subway or train. The closest stations are Musée D'Orsay (RER C) and Assemblée Nationale or Solferino (line 12).

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You can also get there by foot if you're in the attraction nearby just like Palais des Invalides, Mussée du Louvre, Jardins des Tuleries, Musée d l'Orangerie, Place de la Concorde or even Champs-Elyseés if you feel like walking. I really recommend walking around in Paris - it is the best way to get to know the city and see its charm in every corner.

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Musée D'Orsay is right on the margins of the Seine River and it is a great place for having a walk and admiring Paris. I'm sure you'll love it.

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If you're in Paris, don't miss Musée D'Orsay!

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A trip back in time

Published by Gillian David — 6 months ago

When I was being interviewed for the Erasmus + program, the first question I was asked was: "Why do you wanna go to Paris? ". At that exact moment, a non-ending list of things popped into my head, leaving me nowhere to begin. "Because Paris is world-famous", "Because the architecture is unique", "Because it is the city of love" and... well because of its history and art. I was 21 and feeling confused and overwhelmed by life happenings at the same time. As cliché as it may sound, I was looking for a place where I could find inner peace, happiness, and nurriture for my soul. And what a better place to start than Paris?

The Musée d'Orsay

This museum was my first stop in Paris. Through the years, my love for artists such as Monet and Van Gogh only grew fonder. I always loved studying their lives, their works, trying to understand what brought them to every single painting. When I look into their "chefs- d'œuvre" I feel peace and serenity. I feel real emotions, and that's one of the many reasons why I love art.

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Here's a non exhaustive list of reasons why you should visit the Musée d'Orsay, art-lover or not.

  • Its architecture is breathtaking. Did you know it used to be a railway station?
  • It's highly instagrammable. But please, don't do it only for the gram!
  • There are famous and historical paintings such as the two "Woman with a parasol" by Monet and Van Gogh's self portrait.
  • There's a beautiful huge clock up to the last floor that also serves as window
  • For the terrace-with-a-view
  • It is free if you're under 26 and a UE long-term resident or citizen

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More than Monet

Monet has that "Mona Lisa" effect in the Musée d'Orsay. You'll see every tourist taking pictures of Monet's paintings. Who doesn't love Monet? But the museum is home to a lot of beautiful other paintings. It is here that you can find the famous ballerinas of Degas, the Lunch on the grass by Manet and the absolutely eye-catching dance at Le moulin de la Galette by Renoir. The use of the colours, the light that they were able to create out of nothing in the paintings, the details, the perspective are absolutely amazing. If you look long enough at some of these works, you begin to merge with the characters.

So...

Whether you're visiting Paris for a short or long stay, you can't miss this gem. It is only up to you to discover!

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